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Myanmar arrests continue amid prisoner pledge

Myanmar arrests continue amid prisoner pledge

Updated 20 July 2013, 17:51 AEST

Human rights activists have called into doubt the Myanmar President's promise that all political prisoners will be freed by the end of this year.

Human rights activists have called into doubt the Myanmar President's promise that all political prisoners will be freed by the end of this year. 

Thein Sein's pledge - made during a visit to London this week - is part of a series of democratic reforms initiated by his civilian government since taking power in 2011.

But a prominent Rohingya lawyer was detained in Myanmar's Rakhine state on the same day of Thein Sein's announcement.

Rights groups say  Myanmar police are targeting the 74-year-old because of his work as a Rohingya human rights advocate and connections to members of the international community.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Shibab Ahamed, country director of ActionAid Myanmar

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